For the majority of the new ‘Planet of the Apes’ films, we’ve seen Andy Serkis playing a Caesar who has tried to find peace with humanity and that is all about to change. From ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ we’ve seen him grow from a teenager into a leader and family man-ape. Watching him evolve has been great for audiences, and even Serkis has stated that “It’s very rare that an actor can get to play the whole life of a character. It’s ‘Boyhood,’ but for apes. It’s my Apehood!” Only, as a father, we will see Caesar having different priorities, and that will shape the upcoming film.
When ‘War for the Planet of the Apes‘ kicks off it will be two years after ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ and Woody Harrelson’s Colonel has been already waging war against Caesar’s tribe. Hopefully, the upcoming preview comic will expand upon that fighting.
According to director Matt Reeves:
“It finally cracks Caesar. It sets him on a revenge mission. The movie goes from being this grand war movie to an almost Josey Wales-like Western.”
Caesar will be waging a tale of revenge with a small unit which is dedicated to taking down The Colonel once and for all. The two leaders will seem at opposite ends of the spectrum when we first enter the fight in this film, but by the end, I suspect that they’ll be much more alike when we look at the bigger picture as Serkis states:
“The Colonel comes across as someone who’s psychotic, but he is fighting for the survival of humanity, as Caesar is fighting for the apes.”
Honestly, this entire series has been a surprisingly fantastic watch. When I first heard it was rebooted the entire concept seemed like a bad idea but Reeves and everyone else involved has crafted an amazing piece of work with a complex story. While the majority of what has happened across the United States remains background noise, it would be interesting to see if more of that is explored in the upcoming film.
Are you looking forward to ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’? Do you think that a “revenge mission” will be the perfect act for the next part of this ongoing story? Share your thoughts below!
The world will suffer the ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ on July 14th, 2017!
Source: Entertainment Weekly
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